Mataya fitting in at Mississippi State in volleyball
Katlyn Mataya shows her emotion during a Mississippi State volleyball match last season. (Photo submitted by MSU athletic media relations)
From food to manners, Katlyn Mataya is taking it all in during her time at Mississippi State.
â€śThis place feels like my family,â€ť the junior volleyball player said. â€śHome away from home. That is what you need as an athlete. Even the coaching staff, they are just here to help. Plenty of us are from far away, so it is nice to be able to lean on everyone.â€ť
When Mataya says she is far away, she is not exaggerating.
The setter calls the state of Washington home, but that is not the farthest she has been from Mississippi. Before arriving at MSU, Mataya spent her freshman year as a member of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks squad where she was named team Most Valuable Player.
In her first year with the Bulldogs, the elementary education major saw time in 15 matches with two starts. During that time, Mataya accumulated five kills, six service aces, 70 digs, 11 points and was second on the team in assists with 229.
â€śKatlyn is a huge part of the energy of our team,â€ť MSU volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood said. â€śShe is absolutely a fireball on and off the court. She leads by example while also leading vocally. There is never a day that she is not trying to be the best she can be.â€ť
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